Moscow concerned by Latvia's plans for schools to fully switch to Latvian - ministry

The Russian Foreign Ministry is concerned by the Latvian authorities' plans for the teaching process to fully switch into the Latvian language as of 2018, and calls on the human rights agencies of the Council of Europe (CoE), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Union (EU) to exert due pressure on Riga in order to stop discrimination of its Russian-speaking population.

The Russian Foreign Ministry is concerned by the Latvian authorities' plans for the teaching process to fully switch into the Latvian language as of 2018, and calls on the human rights agencies of the Council of Europe (CoE), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Union (EU) to exert due pressure on Riga in order to stop discrimination of its Russian-speaking population.

"These education initiatives are another instance of the ongoing discriminatory policy of the Latvian authorities, aimed at the forced assimilation of the Russian-speaking population and the building of a mono-ethnic society in Latvia," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Monday.

"The letters call for due pressure to be exerted on the Latvian authorities with the aim to stop discrimination of the Russian-speaking population based on their ethnicity and language," the ministry said.

Dolgov sent the letters to senior human rights officials in the CoE, the OSCE, and the EU, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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